After winning the toss, Rory decided to bat first on an absolute road at the Hall.
For the second week running Jimmy Brown (61) got off to an absolute flyer, dispatching everything send down at him to the fence. He continued to pepper the boundary with ease, reaching his 50 in just 10 overs. A good bit of bowling saw the end to his entertaining knock and left us on 93-1 after 14. Rory (19) and Mohsin (40) kept things ticking along after drinks, before Rory clothed a juicy full toss straight to midwicket (if anyone asks it was an absolute nut). Mohsin then departed for a well made 40, playing what some would regard as a questionable shot (again, must have been a great ball). This sparked a middle order collapse in true Stansted Hall style. The score went from 125-1 to 160-7, with Raja (20) unable to match Naz (21) for pace and getting Run out, and Naz actually getting a good ball departing in quick succession. More wickets fell and it was eventually left to Ollie Patmore and the returning Jason Brown to steer us to a decent score. Both did brilliantly, and helped set 223.
Clearly energized by the wagging tail, the bowlers started brilliantly, with Raja removing their opener in his 1st over. Naz continued to miss the edge on a regular basis and his search for a league wicket will have to wait till he returns from holiday. Rory bowled a beautiful inswinging yorker that hit the pad full on the knee roll on middle stump to remove their number 3 (the first of many wicket balls to be bowled today). Mohsin bowled beautifully in the middle overs to restrict scoring and picked up regular wickets, finishing with figures of 3-29 off his 9. Special mention also the two spinners who picked up some huge wickets and held their nerve brilliantly when the Thorley batsman were trying to charge them. Eventually, it came down to Thorley needing 17 off the last over and the Hall needed 1 wicket to seal the win. Some expert death bowling from Rory saw 4 dots and then a run out to win the game.
A brilliant fielding performance all round and a great effort with the ball. Special mention to Jimmy Brown for a stellar knock at the top of the order, which helped set a score we could defend.
Next up Little Hallingbury away.